Transit

Public transit safety rules
News July 19, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued two final regulations to strengthen the safety of public transportation systems, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule and the Safety Certification Training Program rule.   With these actions, FTA has...
Wes Guckert
Article July 17, 2018
According to the BRT Centre of Excellence, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a major source of transportation for millions every day. There are 54 cities across Latin America that have a BRT system, transporting nearly 20 million people on a daily basis. Latin America makes up 62% of the global demand for...
autonomous shuttle
News July 06, 2018
Self-driving shuttles are expected to ferry passengers in the downtown streets of Columbus, Ohio, by the end of the year.   The Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Columbus and Ohio State University (OSU) are seeking proposals from companies to operate and maintain low-speed, self-...
interstate improvements
News July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).   The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
transit bus infrastructure
News June 22, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $366.3 million in FY 2018 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.    The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment...
commuter rail line
News June 19, 2018
A long-awaited commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield in Connecticut opened over the weekend with two days of free rides for the public.    The new line will nearly triple the number of trains that run along the I-91 corridor.   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy rode the new rail line...
bike-share for transit
News June 11, 2018
Coupling bike-share with public transit could be an important component when trying to increase light rail transit (LRT) ridership, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo.   In their study, researchers from Waterloo explored the most efficient size of a bike pool that would...
Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
News June 07, 2018
Once again, I missed more than I got to experience, but nonetheless there was much of interest. (Side note: Two members of the ITSA board visited the Traffic & Transit booth and I told them directly my dissatisfaction and concern about the number of concurrent sessions, and they did listen, so...
The first full day of the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit has come and gone, and with it some interesting stuff and also some undue frustration.
News June 06, 2018
Every annual gathering of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is an excellent opportunity to engage in a condensed forum with a wide swathe of technological and operational issues and challenges related to developing smarter and safer modes of transportation. This year’s schedule is...
transit rules
News May 31, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday issued the Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) Final Rule that describes new procedures aimed at helping the federal government develop more effective approaches to spurring private...
Transit funding
News May 25, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced yesterday the availability of $25.8 million in grant funds to support transit planning efforts in communities across the country.   The competitive grant funds are provided through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit...
Transit funding
News May 21, 2018
If the $90 billion public transit repair backlog in the U.S. is not addressed soon, it could result in a $340 billion loss to the country's economy over the next six years, according to a study recently released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).    Conducted by the Economic...
U.S. Capitol
News May 21, 2018
The House Appropriations Committee recently released the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation includes funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies.   In total...
Honolulu rail project
News May 16, 2018
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) wants to partner with private businesses to complete and sustain the city’s rail system.   More than a decade ago, Honolulu’s elevated fixed guideway rail system was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. Today, that price tag has nearly doubled, and ...
Transit projects
News May 15, 2018
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the city of Atlanta have proposed building 21 miles of light-rail lines and other transit improvements with the proceeds of a sales tax approved by city voters in 2016.   The list of projects recommended by the city and MARTA, obtained by...
infrastructure improvements
News May 09, 2018
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for New York state to spend another $125 billion on infrastructure improvement projects over the next five years.   The Democratic governor announced Tuesday the proposal would be the next phase in his agenda to rebuild the state of New York and create thousands of...
autonomous transit
News May 07, 2018
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) last week announced that it is accepting proposals from companies who can test and eventually deliver an automated vehicle service to fill a transportation gap between downtown Providence and Olneyville via the Woonasquatucket River corridor.  ...
Buena Vista Drive

Median bus lanes provide streamlined access and increased safety to Disney Springs.

Article May 02, 2018
The goal of every road project is to get motorists to their destinations safely and efficiently. But getting tourists, employees and residents in and out of a major theme park and its environs requires some engineering and construction magic all its own.   HNTB Corp. and the Reedy Creek Improvement...
UTA connected bus service

The intent of implementing MMITSS on Redwood Road was to improve schedule reliability of the UTA bus along that corridor.

Article May 02, 2018
A 2013 AASHTO report on connected vehicle systems stated, “The fundamental premise of the Connected Vehicle Environment lies in the power of wireless connectivity among vehicles, the infrastructure, and mobile devices to bring about transformative changes in highway safety, mobility, and in the...
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